A NEW LOOK – The city's new website went live on Friday. The project has been in development since December 2012.
The City of St. Albert launched an updated website last Friday as part of an ongoing effort to organize the city's online presence.
The new website, at www.stalbert.ca amalgamates 10 city-owned websites and will be updated throughout the summer to bring more into the fold.
Planning for the new website began in December 2012 when the city started looking over some of the complaints and problems with the old website. The team spent over a year strategizing before beginning work in February of this year.
“It started as a change in philosophy,” said Michael Mitchell, web developer for the city.
“Some of our departments and websites were very difficult to find and weren't reaching the people they needed to.”
The new website has a number of new features to help with directing traffic, including a massive A-to-Z index that links to every section of the site.
“The key thing to know is that we aren't done yet,” said Mitchell.
“There are going to be tweaks and updates all summer to make sure everything flows smoothly. For now, our search program is better, our menus are better, and everything is a lot easier to navigate.”
Older sites containing city information are still running but will be phased out over the next few months. The city hopes www.stalbert.ca will be a one-stop shop for city residents.
“I think it's an improvement in all aspects,” said Mitchell.
“Navigating around the menus and finding what you're looking for is much easier than it was on the old site.”
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